SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY (CLINIC)
The Eviction Defense Collaborative seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and saving homes. As a Senior Staff Attorney for EDC’s clinic, you will be part of a dynamic team of attorneys, interns, and volunteers in assisting tenants fight their eviction lawsuits.
The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance, advocacy and representation to primarily low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions, negotiating legal settlements – and by asserting their civil rights by representing them at trial.
The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent or who need a security deposit to get out of homelessness through its Rental Assistance Disbursement Component (RADCo). The work at the EDC is made possible by a staff of 25 – and many dozens of volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions – we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help.
Please see our website, evictiondefense.org for more information.
$53,000- $58,000 (DOE) – plus benefits. This is an exempt position.
- Supervise client intakes. Ensure the collection of information necessary to address clients’ legal issues and educate tenants regarding the legal system and the progress of an eviction lawsuit
- Prepare responsive pleadings, stay of execution requests, and other necessary pleadings
- Evaluate and screen cases for appropriate referrals for direct representation by other legal services organizations
- Prepare case summaries for court-ordered settlement conferences
- Advocate for tenants and negotiate on their behalf with landlords and landlords’ attorneys in unlawful detainer actions
- Provide support for volunteer attorneys and attorneys at other legal services organizations representing tenants
- Work with attorneys and other EDC staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns
- Assist in the training, positive coaching, and professional development of staff and volunteers – including occasional teaching at EDC volunteer trainings and occasional community events
- Review legal documents with tenants; instruct them on filing these documents and how to prepare for hearings and settlement conferences
- Perform other duties as assigned
- California Bar Membership
- At least two years’ experience representing tenants in all phases of the Unlawful Detainer, or two years’ experience in legal advocacy on behalf of underrepresented people
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in assisting diverse, low-income communities
- Be well-organized, highly motivated, and creative
- Must be able to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment and be able to work independently
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and computer literate. There is significant computer use
- Able to work on several projects simultaneously, including managing a small case load, while ensuring that internal projects are completed promptly
- Previous management experience strongly preferred
- Ability to assist clients in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Tagalog strongly preferred
Send resume and cover letter AS ATTACHMENTS to:
Applications received by Friday, October 20, 2017 will receive preference.